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During our recent anniversary lunch, Cool Mum and I reminisced about all of the homes we’ve had during our marriage. It took most of our lunch date to reconstruct the timeline.

In all, we’ve lived in 12 places over the 13 years of the Cool Marriage. And that doesn’t include the 12 or so places we stayed for anywhere from one night to a month when we had no place to call our own.

In chronological order with a rough estimate of size, we’ve lived in:

1. A 400 sq ft one bedroom, Gainesville, FL


A cozy starter place across the street from the UF campus. A family member may or may not have cried after seeing how cozy the apartment was. We were there a year.  Continue reading

This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.

It’s common for parents who blog to write about their kids’ bedrooms – how colorful and coordinated they are, with their little ones’ favorite characters frolicking about, and the hopes and dreams of each child portrayed in watercolor murals on the walls. And then there’s us.

In the Cool Bros’ room, the walls are painted a light sea green, which we thoughtfully chose because it was there when we moved in. There’s a lime green rug that doesn’t entirely clash with the walls, on which sits a toybox full of books. For night-night time, we had the choice between Lightning McQueen and Mater novelty beds from their beloved Cars movie, or two IKEA foam mattresses sitting on the floor.

The foam mattresses are great because they give us flexibility with the small room. We can jam them into the closet whenever we want to use the room’s full floor space for playtime or bikram yoga. Or you can stack them for a in-room trampolining.

Despite our flexible and minimalist approach, sometimes I wonder if we should get the Bros some real beds. What does Cool Boy think when he goes to a friend’s house and sees their cozy, fluffy bed? (Probably, “I thought these only existed in fairy tales!”)

I know there’s a variety of children’s beds out there. We could go with a simple bed frame, just to lift them off the floor a little. Or we could do bunk beds to leave them with some floor space on which Cool Newbie can dive headfirst from the top bunk.

Here’s why the Cool Bros’ room isn’t the miniature Universal Studios some think it should be: They spend about an hour a day in there awake, reading books or playing with toys. The rest of their waking hours, they’re playing around the house or out on the town.

Now I’m feeling guilty… Okay, we’ll look into getting them real beds – as soon as we paint the walls.

Eduard Khil has died.

That brief obituary probably doesn’t mean much to you, and, to be honest, it doesn’t have much impact on my life, either. However, I share a mainly insignificant bond with Mr. Khil, better known around the internet as “Mr. Trololo.”

Two years ago, I was so excited about our new apartment that I wanted to film a tour of it. But I didn’t want to just walk around and point out various amenities; I wanted to celebrate it. So, when I stumbled upon Trololo, which is a 1976 video of Mr. Khil singing for a Russian TV show, inspiration struck.

The original Trololo video was so ridiculous (and slightly unnerving) that I thought it would be perfect for our video tour. We filmed for a couple of hours, edited for several more, and had our tour of the Cool Duplex. We posted it on April 5, 2010. And here, it’s conveniently embedded for your viewing pleasure/uneasiness:

This is timely because we just moved last week, and we’re pretty excited about our new place! Once we get settled, we’ll have to do another tour. Double Bathroom…what does it mean?